New Stick Shaker Product

New Stick Shaker Product

Press Release:   MakerPlane and Vx Aviation Introduce Industry’s First pre-Stall Warning Haptic Stick-Shaker for E-AB Aircraft. Simple to install Stick Shaker uses EFIS AoA information from Dynon, Garmin and Grand Rapids Technology to provide tactile feedback of impending stall. TORONTO, CANADA 21 July 2014—MakerPlane and its development partner Vx Aviation today announced a...

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New Product : M-PWR-2AT Auto-Trim for Dynon SkyView

New Product : M-PWR-2AT Auto-Trim for Dynon SkyView

Press Release 16 July 2014:   2-axis variable speed trim controller features auto-trim, plus automatic stuck switch detection, indication and correction. TORONTO, CANADA 16 July 2014 — MakerPlane and its development partner Vx Aviation today announced an enhanced version of the popular M-PWR-2 trim controller.  The M-PWR-2AT adds automatic pitch and roll trim control to aircraft that...

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CNC Hotwire Attachment

CNC Hotwire Attachment

You would have seen my previous attempts at cutting foam board to the thickness I need for MakerPlane in a previous post.  I wasn’t really satisfied with the process.  Not that the parts didn’t turn out well, but I am lazy and it was a lot of work to set up the table and hotwire for the job.  So in typical fashion, I spent hours designing and building something so that I could be...

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MakerPlane Parts on CNC

MakerPlane Parts on CNC

Finally starting to make parts for the full-sized prototype on the upgraded CNC machine.  I actually did the work you see here in the post in early May, so still catching up on documenting the process.   I profess to not being the most dynamic blogger/video maker!  Time spent doing that is time away from the workshop, but time not documenting doesn’t let anyone know what progress is...

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DIY CNC Cable Carrier

DIY CNC Cable Carrier

As part of the CNC build, I had to make sure that all the cables connecting the motors, spindle, coolant tubes and so on don’t get tangled up and run over by the gantry as it is cutting material.  To make sure that doesn’t happen, one option is to use a cable carrier.  These are also known as drag chains, energy chains (e-chain), or cable chains.   Here is an example of a...

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Workbench Build

Workbench Build

I have been working to get ready for Oshkosh, which is coming up far too quickly and have not updated the blog in a while.  There is quite a lot of progress on multiple fronts and it has been a very busy few months.   Over the next couple of weeks I hope that I can get everything up-to-date online.   The CNC machine as of last weekend is complete enough to start cutting full-sized MakerPlane...

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Open Source CAN-BUS Shield

Open Source CAN-BUS Shield

Phil has just completed a CAN-BUS shield for Arduino in support of CAN-FIX and our open source avionics initiatives (particularly the open source EFIS discussed in more detail in the MakerPlane forums).   The schematics, BOM and Eagle files are available in the Hangar Workshop and the boards are available from Oshpark at cost.   Phil has also uploaded an Arduino sketch in github to make it work...

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Open Source Magneto P-Lead Tach Signal Stabilizer Released

Open Source Magneto P-Lead Tach Signal Stabilizer Released

We are very happy to announce another open source avionics project released by MakerPlane from Vern Little !   This is also available for purchase in the MakerPlane Store. The P-TACH converts the electrically noisy and variable magneto P-Lead signal from aircraft magnetos into a stable digital pulse waveform for processing by modern digital engine monitoring systems. The P-TACH eliminates...

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Open Source Dual Channel Variable Speed Trim Motor Controller Released

Open Source Dual Channel Variable Speed Trim Motor Controller Released

We are very happy to announce another open source avionics project released by MakerPlane from Vern Little of Vx Aviation! The M-PWR-2 is a two-channel variable speed trim motor control device developed primarily for amateur-built aircraft applications.   The device features two all-electronic motor drive channels in one compact package, capable of controlling Ray Allen (RAC) or Firgelli servo...

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pyEFIS Update

pyEFIS Update

Neil has been working on the pyEFIS system and thrown up a video of the interface being stimulated by Flight Gear (open source flight simulator). For those that don’t know, some of  the guys are working on an open source avionics stack for the Raspberry Pi and the CAN-FIX protocol.  AWESOME!   More info on the MakerPlane forums: www.makerplane.org/forums/ and look at the Open Source...

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3D Printer Tools 2

3D Printer Tools 2

Ted has put together an initial zip file containing a few items that are potentially useful not only to MakerPlane, but homebuilt aircraft in general.   I will put this file up into the downloads page of this site as well very soon.   For now you can also go to the MakerPlane forums and download it from there.   http://makerplane.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=278 The file contains a...

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3D Printer Tools 1

3D Printer Tools 1

Hopefully this will be the start of a series of posts about various 3D printed tools, devices and software that will be useful for homebuilt aircraft and electronics.   There are various sources for getting ready-made files to print out and there are also easy to use and free software apps for you to make your own things for printing out.  Maybe in the future I will create a couple of simple...

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